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Boy Scouts Officially Welcome Transgender Children to Join Troops

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All are welcome

Progress happens in the smallest of steps and the largest of strides.

For over 105 years, the Boy Scouts of America has dedicated itself to the lives and communities of millions of Americans—both the young men and boys who participate as well as the older men who volunteer—preparing “young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”

While many of us may have an image of Boy Scouts merely going camping or inspiring a Wes Anderson film, the organization goes far beyond that, teaching the importance of leadership, loyalty, community service, and dedication to all those involved.

Now, after a lengthy dispute over who should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts, the organization has finally decided to address gender issues by permitting any children who identify as male to enroll. A major step forward, history will indeed look back on this decision as the right one, even if that’s not clear to everyone for the time being.

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Naturally, not everyone is happy!